Whether you’re sweating hard at the gym, or keeping a close eye on the calories, sometimes it can just be hard to lose weight. But, there could be something else that’s affecting your weight…
People who sleep between six and eight hours per night have a greater chance of achieving their weight-loss goal than those who sleep less or more. Find out how you can improve your sleeping habits in this blog…
How Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss?
It is clinically proven that a lack of sleep could be halting your weight loss.
Sleep researchers at the University of South Carolina found that those who were deprived of sleep found it more difficult to lose fat.
Plus, sleeping for just four hours per night, compared with ten hours, can increase your hunger and appetite – especially for calorie-dense foods that are high in carbohydrates.
How Can You Improve Your Sleep Quality?
The average person gets around six hours of sleep per night. Often, this is limited by having busy lives, hectic work schedules and suffering from stress. Sound familiar? Lower stress levels are associated with greater success at weight loss, particularly when combined with 6-8 hours sleep.
Good news – there is something that can be done about it! Here are StressNoMore’s top tips for improving your sleep quality:
- Curb the caffeine – Sure, it helps to perk us up a bit in the mornings, but you should try to avoid caffeine for four to six hours before bedtime so that it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.
- Create the perfect environment – A cool, dark and quiet room can help to improve your sleep quality. Try using blackout curtains or an eyemask to stop light from disturbing your sleep. Keep the temperature cool at around 20C.
- Don’t watch the clock – Staring at the clock whilst you’re trying to fall asleep can increase your stress levels, making it even harder for you to fall asleep.
- Try a sleeping app – If you’re finding it difficult to improve your sleep quality, try using a sleep monitor sensor and app such as the Beurer SE 80 SleepExpert to learn how to get a full, healthy night’s rest.
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Reviews for the Beurer SE 80 SleepExpert & Sleep Monitor Sensor
Steve – Very Effective
“This Sleep Sensor SE 80 from Beurer works very well for me because the sensor can indeed change anything. The built-in alarm function has always worked great for me and ensures an amazingly good feeling in the morning. I highly recommend this product, it’s helped me endlessly!”
Igor – Absolutely Amazing
“It is absolutely amazing how this sleep sensor manages to measure body data. It’s tucked under my matress and detects that I’ve come to bed and begins to record the data. I work in a high stress job and my sleep patterns were starting to affect my performance, so being able to monitor and recognise what was happening I hope to be able to stay well and improve my level of fitness for an Iron Man challenge later this year.”
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 Mayo Clinic (2018) Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain? [online]. MAyo Clinic [viewed 22/01/2019]. Available from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198
 The Independent (2018) Average Briton Gets Six Hours and 19 Minutes of Sleep a Night, Study Finds [online]. Independent [viewed 24/01/2019]. Available from https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/sleeping-number-hours-night-british-average-6-hours-poll-stress-work-a8336081.html
 Harvard Medical School (2007) Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep [online]. Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School [viewed 24/01/2019]. Available from http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/getting/overcoming/tips